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Facebook to acquire Whatsapp in a deal worth $19 billion

Despite having dismissed earlier rumours (that have now turned out to be true), WhatsApp is finally selling off to Facebook.

The deal is worth $12 billion in Facebook shares and $4 billion in cash. There’s also an additional $3 billion in restricted stock to WhatsApp founders and employees.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made the announcement yesterday, explaining in detail the motivation behind the deal. And in case you’re wondering what becomes of your favourite messaging platform, Jan Koum, WhatsApp Co-founder, assures us nothing will change:

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication.

Okay Jan, we’re getting you. Just like you told us you wouldn’t sell.

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Kiss and tell : Vals Game by ChopUP

In the spirit of the valentine’s season, the ChopUp guys decided to make a very simple game where you try to kiss your true love as many times as possible before an interloper gets in-between.

The game is available here

#StanbicDelight: Radio Meets Web In Stanbic IBTC’s Social Media Campaign

Christmas is just around the corner but don’t worry if you haven’t been a good boy or girl, you could still get a present this season thanks to Stanbic IBTC. Starting last week and continuing for the rest of the year, Stanbic IBTC is asking everyone on social media and through select radio stations about the most delightful things this year

Some of the questions that have been asked are really simple and cut right to the heart of the spirit for the season.

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The questions have generated some really heart-warming and delightful responses

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You can join in the fun too. All you have to do is like the Stanbic IBTC Facebook page at  or follow them on Twitter @StanbicIBTC. Just answer the questions using the hashtag #StanbicDelight, if yours is the most liked or retweeted answer, you get a delight. The following radio shows are go-to spots for opportunities to get in on the campaign:

  • Big Tak and Shedy Kay on City FM in Lagos,
  • Mannie and the Angels on Cool FM, Lagos
  • Dan foster on Inspiration FM, Lagos
  • Tosyn Bucknor on Top Radio, Lagos
  • Yaw on Wazobi FM, Lagos
  • Buki and Shullz on Classic FM, Lagos
  • Mazino on Smooth FM, Lagos
  • Toolz on Beat FM, Lagos
  • Akas on Wazobia FM, Port Harcourt and
  • CBG and Dapo on Raypower, Abuja

Who needs Santa when Stanbic IBTC is here?

Social Media Week Lagos Partners With Volkswagen, Announces 2014 Venues

Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos), produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21, is a week long event that is part of the Social Media Week global platform and takes place in Lagos February 17 – 21, 2014. After a hugely successful inaugural year that hosted 110 events, had over 8,000 registrations and garnered over 31 million online impressions, SMW Lagos looks to build a bigger, bolder and better connected conference.

Bigger.

Through a partnership with Volkswagen, the SMW Lagos headquarters will be hosted at the 850 sqm (9,000 sq ft) Volkswagen Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. This unique venue will enable SMW Lagos to accommodate large groups in a theatre style set up, as well as feature dynamic installations to enhance attendees experiences.

Bolder.

New for 2014 is SMW Lagos #AfterHours. Lagos is known around the world for it’s nightlife. As a supplement to daytime programming SMW Lagos will curate a week of memorable and shareable post conference evening events. The SMW Lagos #AfterHours Hub at Club Pravada will host a variety of night time activities and programming.

Better Connected.

For 2014, a key goal for SMW Lagos is to engage citizens across Lagos by bringing programming to different communities. With this in mind SMW Lagos introduces #SMWSatellite venues, smaller venues throughout Lagos that will host engaging programming in a more intimate setting. The newly opened Enterprise Creative HotHouse, a co-working space for creative and digital entrepreneurs in Ikeja, will serve as 1 of several #SMWsatellite venues. HotHouse will host a variety SMW Lagos crowd sourced programming including master classes and workshops.

In addition, Terra Kulture located in VIctoria Island, Lagos returns for 2014 as out Music, Arts, Culture & Entertainment Hub (#smwMACE). SMW Lagos hubs/venues will host a variety of dynamic programming produced by local and international event partners.

Event partner submissions are currently being accepted through this Friday, December 6, 2013. Event proposals should be submitted via the SMW Lagos website

Social Media Hangout With Gary Vaynerchuk And Mari Smith

For people, brands, businesses, and startups looking for valuable tips, information from two of the biggest social media experts in the world - Gary Vaynerchuk And Mari Smith.

Enjoy.

WizKid Takes To Social Media To Fulfil MTN Ambassadorial Duty

The Jaiye Jaiye star, Wizkid took to social media to fulfil his duties as a brand ambassador to largest telecom company in Nigeria – MTN. Wizkid does have one of the biggest social media foot print on the African continent and covers popular platforms including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and recently Google+ and Blogger.

Having been following his activities on these platforms, one can say he does a good job in managing his online presence, engaging with fans especially on Twitter and Instagram – and this is no surprise as those are the easiest to use with such a mobile lifestyle.

Breaking From The Norm

Brand ambassadors, especially musicians, are often known to perform at promotional shows and make appearances at launch events, but Wizkid took to Twitter with hashtags including #MTNNigeria, #MTNLoudInNaija to give free airtime to his followers. No doubt that caused a lot of excitement and some of the hashtags trended.

Taking it up a notch, the artist posted on his Google+ page that he would be doing same on Instagram but guess he did not think that one through as he headed back to twitter. This makes sense as he would have to make photos of video capturing the airtime PINs before sharing on Instagram, whereas he just enters them as text on twitter. Interesting to note that Facebook was left out of the action, even with the artist’s page holding more than 800,000 fans.

Happy Wizkid Fan, Happy MTN Fan

Another interesting outcome is  brands traditionally pay a lot of money to celebrity ambassadors who in return build following for the brand, but using social media also sees Wizkid grow his own following, as everybody wants free airtime and will not mind clicking the follow button on his Twitter and Instagram page. Perhaps MTN did not even get a single subscriber on any of their social network, but some WizKid followers not on the MTN network may have just gone out to get new sim cards so as to enjoy the freebies.

Appreciation kept streaming in to signify a high level of engagement, and even a particular tweeter sent a screen grab after winning N23,000 worth of airtime.

No Such Thing As A Free Meal

As to what people will do with the free airtime they got, Wizkid recommended getting Caller Tunes including Jaiye Jaiye, The Matter, and Caro, all distributed by none other than MTN, while the rest definitely go to the usual culprit: voice calls, SMS, and data. Talk about circular cash-flow.

What are you thoughts on Wizkid-MTN approach?

Social Media Week Lagos T-Shirt Design Challenge

Ready, set, design… the SMW 2014 T-Shirt Design Challenge begins now.

Nigeria is ripe with creative and digital design talent. That’s why we’re calling on our community to help us design and pick the Official Social Media Week Lagos 2014 T-Shirt. In true social media fashion the top 5 designs will be selected via an online voting poll. After the voting ends a final winner will be selected by our panel of judges.

The Challenge

Showcase your creativity and imagination by creating a T-shirt design inspired by our 2014 theme: A Connected Africa is the Future. We’re looking for exciting, imaginative, wearable design that showcases innovation, the spirit of social media and our future as an always on, always connected continent.

The Prize

One talented designer will have their creative work printed and debuted as the Official T-shirt of Social Media Week Lagos 2014 (February 17-21 2014). In addition the winner will receive a ?20k cash prize, a profile on the SMW Lagos blog and (2) VIP passes for Social Media Week Lagos 2014

More Details On The #SMWLagos T-Shirt Challenge can be found here.

About Social Media Week

Social Media Week, powered globally by Nokia, is a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. SMW’s mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information. Social Media Week Lagos participants represent a diverse group of learners and creators. With attendees from across Africa and around the world, SMW Lagos explores a wide range of topics including education, entertainment, banking and politics.

2Go Set To Go Global – COO Marc Herson At #NokiaWorld

2go has become leading social networking app in Africa, especially Nigeria with about 9 Million active users which is currently more than Facebook and Twitter users.  I  ran into Marc Herson,  COO of 2go at Nokia World here in Abu Dhabi and we discussed a little of 2go’s operations and development in Africa particularly Nigeria.

Marc explained that 2go is now ready to go global by being available in India and then the rest of the world.  Having the app on the Nokia and Windows Phone platform is definitely a step in the right direction and one can only watch the adoption rate go up the charts.

On Religion and Flirt Trends

I asked Marc of the most used chat rooms in Nigeria and I wasn’t surprised when he told me Flirt and Religion (Christianity and Islam)  are the most used chat room. South Africa is behind Nigeria as regards users on 2go with  1.5 million users while Kenya comes in in third place 100,000+ users.

Marc was patient enough to take me through the 2Go Android app which has more than 500,000 downloads with a lot of chat rooms.

Marc explained that 2go never did any major advert  until recently with the partnership with Nokia. Ah, it now makes sense why he is here at Nokia World, Abu Dhabi.

BONUS: 2go – The Mobile Social Media App Taking Africa by Storm

#SMWLagos | Lagos City Gets Ready For Social Media Week 2014

Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos) co-produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21 returns for a second year to Lagos February 17 – 21, 2014. In 2013 SMW Lagos drew over 8,000 attendee registrations, garnered 19,148 twitter mentions and amassed over 31 million online impressions.

SMW Lagos is part of the larger Social Media Week global conference, now in it’s 6th year and attended by over 66,000 people annually.  Social Media Week’s mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration and the sharing of ideas and information.  The format of the week-long conference is a mixture of keynotes, panels, workshops, networking events and mixers, with the majority of the events being free and open to the public.

SEE ALSO: Compilation of Recaps from Social Media Week Lagos 2013

Lagos joins New York, Milan, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Barcelona to host the February 2014 edition of Social Media Week, powered globally by Nokia.  SMW Lagos will be guided by the global theme “The Future of Now: Always On, Always Connected.” Locally, SMW Lagos will explore the theme “A Connected Africa Is The Future.”  Both themes will set the stage for engaging discussions on the impact a connected continent of 1 Billion people have on Africa, local industries and the world at large.

“We are really excited to be coming back to Lagos and looking forward to working with amazing event partners, sponsors and the entire community to deliver an incredible week of programming.  In our second year in Nigeria we aim to lead the conversation and further establish SMW Lagos as the number one new media and communications technology conference on this great continent.” –  Obi Asika, Founder of Dragon Africa and SMW Lagos Chairman

“It’s a very exciting time in Nigeria and across the continent.  People increasingly have access to the tools to change their lives, their communities and ultimately Africa.  Social media is one of those tools. Being connected to one another and the world in real-time empowers Africans to make more informed decisions and directly influence local/global conversations.  During SMW Lagos 2014 we’ll look at social media’s impact on Africa’s dynamic business, cultural and political landscape and discuss what implications this has on the future of Africa”  – Ngozi Odita, Founder of AFRIKA21 and Executive Director of SMW Lagos

With the expressed purpose of bringing Nigerians, Africans and the global community together SMW Lagos invites Lagosians and the world to contribute to the week’s programming by hosting their own events, talks, panel sessions and workshops.  Individuals and organizations can get involved by submitting their idea here.  Deadline for submissions is December 6, 2013.  

For more information on how to get involved, do email lagos@socialmediaweek.org.  For the latest news and updates visit socialmediaweek.org/lagos or follow SMW Lagos on Twitter via @SMWLagos or on Facebook via facebook.com/SMWLagos.

About Social Media Week

Social Media Week, powered globally by Nokia, is a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Our mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information socialmediaweek.org

MoneyTalks Wins Grand Prize At Visa-CcHub Financial Literacy Hackathon

At the recently concluded Financial Literacy Challenge organised by Visa and the CcHub, Team MoneyTalks emerged winner of the N1.2 million grand prize. We caught up with the team and here is what they had to say:

Q. What is MoneyTalks? (The platform, the solution and problem it solves, and how it works)

A. We believe that financial education is key to raising the standard of living of the average Nigerian. Attempts at financial education have so far been micro scale. There is a need to have a large, wide-spread forum available to all Nigerians through many different access channels.

That is why we decided to build MoneyTalks, an audio-based forum for any Nigerian to get financial advice on various issues that matter to them. Nigerians generally find it hard to open up about their finances; MoneyTalks is private and anonymous. The financial advice is in audio format and will be available in 5 languages – English, Yoruba, Pidgin, Igbo and Hausa. Users are allowed to submit a question and will be notified as new lessons are available.

With the right push this can be an important tool for addressing poverty.

Q. Who are the people that make up Team MoneyTalks and what did they contribute?

A. Ihesie Peter is a senior software developer on Microsoft technology stack, an innovative mind exploring how technology can be used to address some of the challenges faced in Nigeria and Africa. As the team lead, he ensured the overall coordination of the various units and was also part of the interactive voice response (IVR) development team.

Ogochukwu Francis Osifo is a web and mobile developer with UI/UX design experience. He also has over three years’ experience in business development. He developed the mobile app for MoneyTalks, provided the Pidgin English version of the financial tutorial, and delivered a good presentation. Emmanuel Itemuagbor is a user-interface designer and front-end developer with 5 years’ experience working with Photoshop, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. His contribution included designing the UI for the web application. He also designed the logo for the team.

Afolabi Legunsen is a pragmatic software developer with years of experience in desktop/enterprise software development, mobile and web application development. He was also part of the web UI and application unit, and ensured that the audio files played over the web. Osagie Osemwegie has a BSc in computer engineering frrom National Research University (Moscow Power Engineering Institute). He is currently a software developer at Appzone Limited. He made sure that Nigerians will be able to get financial information using the SMS platform. He also developed and tested the engine.

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Olayinka Tanimomo is a software developer with various skills including C#, ASP.NET, PHP and JavaScript. He contributed immensely to the development of the interactive voice system which enables Nigerians to get financial information by dialing a certain number.

Dolapo Popoola is a financial expert with a strong passion for sharing her wealth of knowledge with Nigerians. She was the only lady on the team, and brought on board her knowledge which was very instrumental to the success of the project. She provided all the financial knowledge-base.

Q. How did you arrive at developing the final solution?

A. One of the first things we wanted to bring to the team was a relaxed and fun atmosphere that will enable creativity from all the team members. We started by talking about ourselves and our personal opinion about the project.

Key questions we asked early were: How will we make our solution applicable in Nigeria? What will make people call or send the first SMS to the system? We also deliberated on the sustainability of the product.

In other to make it easily accessible to most Nigerians, we decide to build a multi-channel entry to the solution via web, SMS, mobile and interactive voice response systems. The content were also produced in English and local languages.

Q. Do you have any comments on the hackathon organizers?

A. It takes foresight to put things like this together. Visa and CcHub have demonstrated their commitment to improving the society they operate in.

Q. What happens next?

A. Due to the time constraint, we developed a basic prototype of the solution. Over the next few months, we will be developing a full working version.

Here is how you can checkout and test MoneyTalks:

1. To test the interactive voice system, call +18154100007
2. To us SMS, send MT English to +18154100007
3. You can also visit the mobile site or the Facebook page.

You can check out the MoneyTalks pitch deck as well as more photos from the event.

MoneyTalks Financial Literacy Pitch Deck from BITS_slides